ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE, MOSCOW
“An Architect for Catherine the Great. Giacomo Quarenghi and his
(Lecture by L. Tedeschi)
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Mosca
Malyj Kozlovskij pereulok 4, Moscow, Russia
The conference sets off from the reasons why Giacomo Quarenghi (1744-1817) was summoned to Russia by Catherine II, arriving in Saint Petersburg in 1780. Aim of the discussion is to highlight the deep knowledge of classical and renaissance culture which characterized Quarenghi’s architectural work. The conference will thus retrace the development of his work between Saint Petersburg and Moscow with the intent of better understanding his success in Greater Russia.
Letizia Tedeschi is the director of the Modern Archive of the Architecture Academy of Mendrisio-Università della Svizzera Italiana. She is part of the Teaching Body of the Doctorate in History of Art at the Sapienza University of Rome. She has curated and promoted a number of exhibitions and international academic conventions and is the author of multiple publications focussing on the 18 th century (including: architecture in Russia from Catherine II to Alexander I, the role of the Ancient in European classicist culture and its transmission through individual characters such as Vincenzo Brenna or through collective outcomes, the analysis of personages such as Luigi Canonica) and on the 20 th century.